The people associated with my lab are a fairly diverse assemblage of postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates who generally work at the interface between functional morphology, ecology and evolution. Most of the research in the lab focuses on the feeding biology of fishes. With this rich system we are able to approach questions about complexity, diversity, and plasticity of design. Increasingly our work includes generating and using phylogenies to address questions about the history of various fish groups, including their functional morphology. But, we also work at the level of populations, and a significant fraction of our effort is focused biomechanical research on single species.
There are three primary areas of ongoing research in the lab, including the biomechanics of suction feeding using particle image velocimetry and models of force and motion transmission in the musculoskeletal systems of the skull, the evolution of the pharyngeal jaw apparatus in teleost fishes, and the comparative analysis of morphological and functional diversity.